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Missy Elliott: Grave's Disease 'Hasn't Slowed Me Down'

Missy Elliott: Grave's Disease 'Hasn't Slowed Me Down'

Missy Elliott is speaking out about “some inaccuracies” recently reported about her battle with Grave’s Disease.

“I was diagnosed with [it] about three years ago but it really hasn’t slowed me down at all,” the 39-year-old rapper said in a statement.

“I rocked my performance on VH1 Hip Hop Honors’ tribute to Timbaland last year. I’ve written and produced a bunch of Grammy-nominated, #1 hits for artists like Keyshia Cole, Monica and Jasmine Sullivan. I toured the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. And on top of all that, I’m working on my new album. I feel great,” she added.

Missy also explained she’s been off medication for about a year and has been “completely managing the condition through diet and exercise.”

Glad to hear Missy is doing well!

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  • kå simply àmazing!

    its sad

  • http://j ivanka

    what’s that?

  • http://ad slig o lambert^________^ cute

    better stay in hosptal to will

  • kelly


    graves disease is a thyroid disorder. my fiance has it. it means the thyroid produces too much hormone. if not treated with meds it can cause severe heart issues leading to death.

    he had a problem with his back in december that almost caused his heart to go into congestive failure. he almost died.

    in most cases the thyroid is removed eventually and the patient is given synthetic thyroid hormone for the rest of your life after.

  • http://j ivanka

    @kelly: oh thanks for clarifying:)

  • Anonymous

    I was diagnosed a few weeks ago. Although it’s deemed not too serious, the heart-related problems are scary. My heart was beating twice as fast as normal, during rest and sleeping, which caused my body to tremor all day, amongst many other symptoms.
    Cannot wait for Missy to have a comeback!

  • kelly


    you are welcome ivanka.

    and to anonymous. sorry to hear of your diagnosis but best of wishes to you and your health.

    my hunny was ok with his physically until he got a job in november doing hard physical labor that hurt his condition and his heart.

  • ali

    picture looks nothing like her!
    i hope she continues to cope and get better.

  • Anonymous

    @kelly: Thank you for your words! I was ordered not to exercise for several months, so hopefully it will improve!


    ratata ta ta ta ta taaa sex me so will i say bla bla bla…
    I loved Missy

  • stee-low-flow

    …When music was KING!

    Timbaland…Missy…and BABY GIRL ..ah…better known as Aaliyah!!!

    Blows the doors off of bubble gum pop –today!

    Missy will continue to do her thang!

  • Sadie

    She is making it sound like she has cancer. I’ve had Graves for 5 years now and yeah it’s serious untreated (my resting heart rate was 107 bpm and i was 50 lbs underweight) but with meds it’s no big deal. Eventually they’ll take my thyroid out and i’ll go on replacement meds. But I went all though and finished highschool, applied and got into university and lived away from home this whole past year while at school, all with Graves, it’s not like it really slows you down as soon as it’s treated, she’s making it sound like it’s such a big deal and she’s over come so much, when really it’s not very hard to live with graves. You take 2 pills a day like a vitamin. The worst part about graves is the name.

  • LadyB

    Sounds like she is addressing her record label and not fans.

  • anon


    each case is different though… some people have worse heart problems than others. even with meds i nearly died.

    no tellin with missy elliot but still somethin to consider. you are very lucky yours is easy

  • rose

    i’ve had it too since i was high school. wow, it seems like it’s getting more and more prevalent, especially in the younger generation. for me, the first annoying part was that my left eye bulged a little bit. now they’re asymmetrical. but not in an obvious way. i think in most cases im the only who notices, but still it annoys the shit out of me.

    the heart palpitations suck ass. it’s my problem tho, i wish i took care of it more regularly. hopefully this year i’ll have it under control.

    okay, that’s my oversharing of the day, haha!

  • Sadie

    @anon: I said it wasn’t very hard, not that mine is easy. It’s been going on for 5 years and I have to deal with it everyday. It sucks that I’m going to have to take a pill everyday for the rest of my life. I can make it sound really bad and hard if i want to but i don’t since i know other people have worse promblems and medical issues. I just didn’t like how she was making it sound that’s all, but you’re right we don’t know how it’s been for her. I’m sorry if what i wrote affended you.